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Players Whose Signing Is Doubtful
Round 12: Tommy Peterson, right handed pitcher, University of Southern Florida junior. 6’1″, 205 lbs: Peterson, in my opinion, is a doubtful signing because even though he is listed as a junior in the draft, he is actually a rising junior because he redshirted for a year due to Tommy John surgery. He was the closer for the USF team this past season, which was a breakout year for him. He had 16 saves and an ERA of 1.93. I expect he will return to college and hope that he posts similar numbers for his junior season, which will only cause his draft stock to rise.
Round 14: Mack Lemieux, left handed pitcher, senior at Jupiter Community High School in FL. 6’3″, 205 lbs: Bats left. Has committed to Florida Atlantic University.
Round 23: Alec Rash, right handed pitcher, a junior at Missouri. 6’6″, 191 lbs: Rash had been previously drafted in the second round of the draft by the Philadelphia Phillies coming out of high school. He turned down a $500,000.00 signing bonus and guaranteed college tuition money offer from the Phillies to go to college. It’s doubtful he will be willing to sign with the Nationals as a 23rd round pick.
Round 26: Russell Harmening, right handed pitcher, currently a junior at Westmont College in California. 6’1″, 195 lbs:
Round 27: Ryan Brinley, right handed pitcher, a junior at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Bats left, throws right. 6’1″, 200 lbs.
Round 30: Jorge Pantoja, right handed pitcher, a junior at Alabama State University:
Round 31: Nick Sprengel, left handed pitcher, a senior at El Dorado High School in California. 6′ 1″, 190 lbs: He has a fastball that averages 90-91 mph to go with a slider and change. This is a player that the Nats would probably like to sign, but with his skills at this young age, he is probably college bound.
Round 32: Dalton DiNatale, third baseman, a junior at Arizona State University: Bats left, throws right. 6’4″, 220 lbs.
Round 34: Tyler Watson, left handed pitcher, Perry High School, Arizona: 6’5″ tall, weighs 200 lbs.
Round 35: Robert “ Coco” Montes, shortstop, senior at Coral Gables High School, Florida. 6’1″, 175: He has already committed to University of Southern Florida.
Round 36: Taylor Bush, shortstop, high school senior from The Linfield School in CA. Bats and throws right: He’s 5’9″ and weighs 140 lbs.
Round 37: Steven DiPuglia, senior from Cooper City High School in FL: He’s a shortstop, bats and throws right. 6’1″, 155 lbs.
Round 38: Matt Morales, senior at Wellington Community High School in FL: Another shortstop, bats and throws right. 5’11”, 170 lbs.
Round 39: Jake Jeffries, Junior at Cal State Fullerton, second baseman: Switch hitter. 6’1″, 200 lbs.
Round 40: Parker Quinn, first baseman, a high school senior at The Benjamin School in FL: Bats and throws right. He’s tall, standing at 6’4″, weighs 195. Probably isn’t done growing. Would be a large target at first base for the infielders to hit, kind of like Michael Morse.
The Nationals in draft rounds 26-40 took mostly pitchers and shortstops. That might give fans a clue about where the Nats think their needs are in the minors.
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